CRG drivers got an overall positive result in all the categories at the first round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge held in Salbris (France).
The French circuit of Salbris housed the first round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge during the weekend of 5 April. CRG joined the event with its drivers partaking in all categories. This experience has been positive for the colors of the Italian outfit that obtained a podium in DD2 Master and a series of strong performances in all categories on track in this first of the four races in the calendar of the series.
DE CONTO UNLUCKY IN DD2
The biggest hopes in DD2 were on Paolo De Conto, but the Italian driver, after posting the second time in qualifying of his group on the wet and the third time in a heat, hit some troubles in the other two heats due to the slippery circuit and was forced to the retirement by a failure to the cabling of his kart. Paolo De Conto managed then to get some ground back in the Prefinal that he ended in P13 and closed his effort in the Final in seventh place. Eventually, he was pushed two positions down due to a contact with some rivals. Good race also for the German driver Luka Kamali, who managed to recover all the way up to his final P14.
MUKHIN ON THE PODIUM IN DD2 MASTERS
The Russian Igor Mukhin managed to get the podium with a great second place in DD2 Master, as he crossed the finish line behind Kawase Tomokazu and ahead of Tamsin Germain, also on CRG.
FIFTH PLACE FOR BRAND IN SENIORS
The Britons Harry Webb and Edward Brand, and the Spaniard Mauricio van der Laan represented CRG colors in Max Seniors. Webb has been the quickest in qualifying with the 19th absolute place, before putting in some great heats that gained him the absolute P6.
Brand put in a great Prefinal as he claimed a very good P4, while Van der Laan ended 12th and Webb was relegated to the back by a contact at lap one. Brand has been again among the quickest in the Final getting the 5th place, as Van der Laan ended 15th and Webb 22nd.
QUINN CLOSE TO THE PODIUM IN JUNIORS
The young British driver Alex Quinn, the Israelian Ido Cohen, the Germans Tim Mika Metz and Phil Dorr, the Swede David Rehme and the Spaniard Kilian Meyer represented CRG colors in Max Juniors instead. Alex Quinn has been very quick in the heats getting a good P9 after a stunning recovery from the 42nd place of qualifying, as did Ido Cohen, 14th after the 40th place of qualifying. The other CRG drivers did not manage to pass the qualifying hurdle and ended behind in the heats. Quinn ended fifth in the Final, gaining five places from Prefinal, but he could have finished on the podium. Cohen ended 19th at the end of a good recovery from the 32nd place of the Prefinal.
Stunning race by Felice Tiene in Zuera (Spain) that confirmed to be among the title contenders in the European KF Championship. Jordon Lennox-Lamb strong protagonist in DD2 at the Rotax Euro Challenge in Castelletto.
Last weekend has seen a double and exciting challenge for CRG, that has been racing in Zuera (Spain) at the European CIK-FIA KF & KF Junior Championship as well as in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Italy) for the Rotax Euro Challenge. CRG works team has been protagonist in both racing rounds proving to be competitive once more, while harvesting solid results in Spain’s KF with Felice Tiene and in Italy’s DD2 with Jordon Lennox-Lamb. Both racers are well within the fight for the corresponding titles.
STUNNING TIENE IN ZUERA
Felice Tiene has been one of the main protagonists of the weekend in Zuera’s European Championship, putting his name forward for the title. The Italian driver run a solid qualifying, where he secured the third place in his group and the sixth in the absolute standings. He then unleashed all his potential in the heats setting the absolute best performance: 3 splendid wins out of 4 races earned him 10 precious points for the championship. In the Prefinal, Tiene was again in the leading group securing the fifth place. In the Final he was involved in a series of very good duels and he finally took the seventh place. This is quite a handy placing classification-wise, as Tiene is currently fourth only 7 points shy of the leader.
The victory of the race went to Tom Joyner – back to the victory after his triumph in Bahrain that gave him the World Champion title – who awarded another satisfaction to Tinini Group.
The race of CRG’s Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand has been positive too, as he crossed the finish line in P11 after a very good comeback from the 20th place in qualifying. Sidney Gomez and Dionisios Marcu experienced a series of technical issues in KF and could not get access to the final stages.
LENNOX CLOSE TO THE PODIUM IN CASTELLETTO
Jordon Lennox-Lamb has been exceptional in DD2, as usual, in the concurrent second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge after the spectacular win he clinched in Genk. The weekend of Lennox set off with the quickest time in his qualifying group that was worth the fourth absolute time. He later on secured the win in one heat and stood in third place of the classification after the heats. Lennox kept the third position all the way to the flag in the Prefinal, while in the Final he fought with the front runners but eventually had to contempt himself with the fifth place after several appearances in third position. Lennox is currently second in the standings at only 7 points to the leader Ben Cooper. Very good performance by Daniel Formal in DD2. The quick driver from Costarica has always been among the quickest drivers also in Castelletto. Formal has been unfortunately slowed down by an incident in the Final and he ended 14th.
The young German driver Luka Kamali has been quite unlucky instead. He has been very good in qualifying and heats, where he gained the fifth absolute time. But due to strong pain to his ribs he was forced to give up and skip the final stages.
The Canadian Alessandro Bizzotto has been very quick too in DD2, but he rolled over in the last qualifying heat and had to run the Repechage race. Unfortunately he missed to gain access to the final by two positions only.
The Belgian driver Yannick De Brabander and the Polish Lukasz Bartoszuk have been competing in Rotax Senior. Both drivers managed to get the pass to the final stages but due to several problems De Brabander ended the Final in P20, while Bartoszuk had to retire after being 17th in the Prefinal.The young driver from Equador José Enrique Brito has been very quick since qualifying in Rotax Junior, when he set the seventh absolute time. He was fourteenth at the end of heats, but his final stages were quite unlucky as he at to retire in the Prefinal and then a 5 seconds penalty relegated him to P26 after a very good comeback race.
MARANELLO Racing Team at Rotax Max Euro Challenge 2014
MARANELLO officially announces the preparation of a MARANELLO Rotax works Team for season 2014 to compete in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge. The Team will be present in all Rotax categories: Junior Max, Senior Max and DD2.